March Bucks Wins
In March, alongside your Sabbatical Officers, we have worked on a number of campaigns and initiatives, from Mental Health to podcasts. Here are our Bucks Wins for the last month:
Alongside your Women's Executive Officer, we campaigned for the University to adopt pronouns across the institution. The voluntary intiative is to help non-binary and transgender colleagues and peers feel more widely accepted and supported. It was accepted and all staff have been made aware of the fact and have been asked to include their pronouns in their email signatures if they are comfortable doing so.
With students not being able to enter the on-campus radio station, onoine broadcasting has been put on pause. Your President, and Rusty's Radio Alumni, has worked closely with the Radio team to create, record and produce a series of new podcast for the first time. From Sabb updates to period chatter, you can check out the new series over on the Rusty's Radio Mixcloud.
We Stand by You
After sending letters to Local MP's and Government about the support we believe our students should receive due to the drastic changes of learning in a pandemic, we received responses to all our letters which you can read here. We also met with students to discuss the responses and to see how they would like us to reply.
Students Mental Health has been a top priority this past year and in March we put into motion our plans for a mentally healthy Students' Union with a Mental Health Framework. Our first steps included our Mental Health Framework focus group with current students and Vice President Education and Welfare, Tash Neal. You can find out more about the framework here and read an update from our first focus group here.
Help Yourshelf is a new intiative setup by your President, Tamsin Grainger, to promote inclusivity on campus. In our reception area at both the Uxbridge and High Wycombe campuses, you will find our new shelving set up. In High Wycombe you can find shleving with a variety of resources that students might not have easy access to when studying such as coloured screen overlays to help those with Dyslexia, fidget toys, planners and attack alarms. At both campuses you can also find shelving with a host of books from Black, Non-Binary, and female authors covering topics from LGBTQ+ inclusive language, Mental Health, Anti-racism, and being Vegan.